「他人が真実を隠蔽することに対して、我々は怒るべきでない。なぜなら、我々も自身から真実を隠蔽するのであるから。」 (Tanin ga shinjitsu wo inpei suru koto ni taishite, wareware wa okorubekidenai. Nazenara, wareware mo jibun kara shinjitsu wo kakusu koto no arukara.)
“We Should Not be Upset that Others Hide the Truth from Us, When We Hide it from Ourselves.”
While I’m not largely attached to any of the characters so far, it does pain me to see Sudo being bullied and even furthermore – attacked by other schoolmates. On top of that, he gets the short end of the stick by being blamed for the incident and now has to clear his name. I guess this goes along the lines of being at the bottom of the hierarchy at their school, but there are no good reasons to bully someone. Adding salt to the wound would be Sakura Airi (Ichimichi Mao) who actually witnessed (and took photos of?) the incident but isn’t willing to speak up. As a quiet girl, I can see why she doesn’t want to be in the spotlight to help Sudo out (when he’s already in the wrong) but I’ve never personally been one to sit quietly when I know something is wrong. That said, Sakura probably also has her own personal reasons why that camera means so much to her. I bet there are probably other photos (or photos she was taking at the time) that might incriminate her for something else and that’d put her to shame. So ultimately she’s not willing to help out Sudo if it means pushing herself under the bus. Of course this is all speculation on my part and I don’t know Sakura or Sudo that well yet so maybe Sudo is in the wrong – who knows. Judging by just the characters of the misfits though, I’d say that Sudo (probably) is being framed.
Another interesting new individual is Ichinose Honami (Touyama Nao) who’s probably too good to be true. She’s seen as another classic ideal schoolmate in Class B by helping her friends study, and being super friendly towards everyone. The only scene that turned me off was when she suddenly approached Kiyotaka to “pretend to be her boyfriend” when they’re not even that close to begin with. I feel like there’s a lot of missed development areas there where Kiyotaka and Ichinose actually talk and become friendly with one another but maybe for the sake of the anime, they cut out a lot of dialogue. Kiyotaka is also not really your knight in shining armor – being very aloof and seemingly uncaring. It’s as if he only does something for others because other people pressure him into it (e.g. Kikyou, Ichinose, Suzune etc.) and he’s just not a very inspiring or interesting protagonist to watch. He has some interesting ideas of his own and I’m sure he’s smarter than he leads on, but overall, just not someone I would imagine to be the center of a harem; both very interesting but also not very enticing.
Just when I thought all the rules of engagement have been thoroughly vetted at this point, seems like Kiyotaka has thought of another loop hole that may or may not actually exist? It was interesting how he pointed out that you can accumulate negative points even though they’re not visible on the screen – does that mean you can go negative? I wouldn’t know how that’s counted but to me, you’re pretty much in debt then if you’re running on zero funds and still making other arrangements. On the other hand, Kiyotaka catches the balance on Ichinose’s phone and it’s in the millions! What are you even doing with all that money? She’s either very savvy at saving or getting a lot of points through other methods. I guess we’ll find out soon enough; there’s no way she’s that perfect!